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Exclusive album launch gig at city centre venue
Midland rockers The Bad Flowers will launch their debut album at Birmingham Asylum 2 on February 17, 2018. The Cannock band will play all the tracks from Starting Gun, plus a few surprise numbers.

The Bad Flowers, Karl Selickis, Tom Leighton, Dale Tonks, Starting Gun, Asylum 2 Birmingham, Cannock
The Bad Flowers: Karl Selickis, Tom Leighton, Dale Tonks (pic: Mark Varney)


These are good times for the trio they are also special guests on Stone Broken's nationwide 12-date UK tour that starts on February 22 at The Haunt in Brighton.

Starting Gun, the follow-up to 2016's self-titled EP, was recorded at Vigo Studios, in Walsall, near Cannock, chosen by the band because of its vicinity to their home town - and because it gave them the chance to work with long-time friend, producer Adam Beddow, who has recently helped produce Diamond Head's current work.

The Bad Flowers, Karl Selickis, Tom Leighton, Dale Tonks, Starting Gun, Asylum 2 Birmingham, Cannock
Best songs: Tom Leighton (pic: Terry Marland)


Singer and guitarist Tom Leighton says: ''The whole process of recording this album has been a huge labour of love. It's come at the right time in our progression; we originally wanted to record an album two years ago but shelved the idea at that point, and I glad we did! The last two years have seen us play some shows with some amazing artists and we've all been through some ups and downs, as everybody does, but I think it's helped us to write some of our best songs.''

The Bad Flowers, Karl Selickis, Tom Leighton, Dale Tonks, Starting Gun, Asylum 2 Birmingham, Cannock
Slugging away: Dale Tonks (pic: Mark Varney)


Bassist Dale Tonks adds: ''Recording the album has been one hell of a ride. It's been hours in the practice room and studio slugging away and sometimes giving each other a constructive kick up the backside, trying to better ourselves and mould the songs into what we want them to be. We never wanted to over-complicate the songs or lose the meaning and passion that has gone into them. We've put everything into every single track.''

The Bad Flowers, Karl Selickis, Tom Leighton, Dale Tonks, Starting Gun, Asylum 2 Birmingham, Cannock
Emotions: Karl Selickis (pic: Mark Varney)


Drummer Karl Selickis concludes: ''We've all encountered many different emotions during the year-long process of writing and recording. I think the album shows true dedication to a new generation rock revival. Not only has it had us work our knuckles to the bare bone, it has made us tighter as a unit as friends and as a family!''

Tickets for the Birmingham Asylum 2 gig on February 17 are priced 8.80.

The Bad Flowers, Karl Selickis, Tom Leighton, Dale Tonks, Starting Gun, Asylum 2 Birmingham, Cannock


The 2018 tour dates with Stone Broken and Jared James Nichols are:

Feb 22: The Haunt, Brighton;
Feb 24: Islington Assembly Hall, London;
Feb 25: Club Academy, Manchester;
Feb 26: G2, Glasgow;
Feb 28: Riverside, Newcastle;
Mar 1: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham;
Mar 2: Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd;
Mar 3: 02 Institute2, Birmingham;
Mar 4: Corporation, Sheffield;
Mar 6: Live Rooms, Chester;
Mar 7: The Fleece, Bristol.
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Why? Album launch show by The Bad Flowers
When: February 17, 2018
Phone: 0121 233 1109 (Asylum 2)
Where: Asylum 2, 38-43 Hampton Street, Birmingham B19 3LS
Cost: 8.80
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